Inspired by 50s silhouettes, the wide jacket sleeves and boxy shape of the Nordique Swing Jacket are flatteringly feminine but super easy-to-wear. It's extremely versatile as a layering piece, and looks equally good open or closed-make sure to fine-tune sleeve length to your own arms for the neatest look.
Keira says: I liked the three-quarter-length sleeves and the length. But if I were to personalize it, I’d like it to be a bit more fitted. So I would either add some shaping through the waistline or add ties at the side that I could tie in back and cinch it up. The ties could be satin ribbons or knitted or crocheted strings.
And I’d also sometimes wear it with a long sleeved top underneath.
Height: 5’ 7”
Bust: 31 ¾
Underbust: 27 ½
Waist: 26 ½
Hip: 32 ½
Torso: 17 ½
Toni says: The length on this sweater illustrates a problem my short back frequently creates: the swing shaping ends at the widest point of my hip. I would make the next smallest size and shorten the length by at least an inch and a half.
One thing to watch for when shortening a garment with three-quarter-length sleeves is that shortening the sweater might place the hem at the same height as the cuff of the sleeves. This would probably make me look wider, so I might need to either lengthen or shorten the sleeves as well. I did fall in love with the simple wheat ear lace pattern.
Height: 5' 5 ½"
Brenda says: The Nordique sweater looks like it was made just for me! The fit is perfect and the color, very rich and vibrant, is one that I have in my wardrobe. The sweater hits above my hip, my preferred length for sweaters--any longer and it make my torso looks too elongated.
As a staple in my closet, I would probably make a version that had full length sleeves to wear throughout the year.
Height: 5' 5"
Bust: 33 ¾"
Underbust: 29 ½"
Waist: 27 ¼"
Hip: 37 ¼"
Kathleen's Fit Notes
I live the swingy look of this cardigan, whether it's worn open or closed. Flattering on all three models, I think the sample size looks best on Brenda and Keira. Toni hit the nail on the head with her comments about adjusting the length of the sweater, including the arm length.
When you're adjusting a sweater, it's important to look at the schematic and compare your measurements to the schematic. If you need to make a bigger size because of the bust measurement, be sure and check the arm measurement, too, especially on a sweater like Nordique: a shorter sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves. You want the sleeves to stay three-quarter-length and not hit at a place too near your wrists (or hips, as Toni mentioned).
This sweater is a sweet, feminine piece that you'll want to wear like all of our gallery gals did--buttoned up, just a few buttons fastened, with jeans or a skirt--whatever works with your personal style.
I love the purple colorway used in the sample, but this would be a staple in black, cream, or gray, too.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Some links you might find helpful:
Measuring yourself and your clothing
About positive and negative ease
Measuring tutorial with photos